Tennessee Football 2020 Recruiting Outlook
By: Darrell Winstead
The All Vol Call in Show
The Vols are putting together an impressive recruiting class for 2020. This class is currently ranked 26th nationally and 11th in SEC. They have five 4-Star and seven 3-Star commitments as part of this class, which is led by the likes of, Harrison Bailey and Cooper Mays. The Vols have two that are top-ten instate players, in Keshawn Lawrence and Cooper Mays. Six in-state prospects haven’t made their decisions at this point and Tennessee is projected to sign two of the remaining six. There two are 4-Star, in DE Jay Hardy, who is ranked 3rd in the state, and 4-Star DE Tyler Baron, who is ranked 5th in state. Being able to lock down commitments from these two, would definitely strengthen the class, as well as keep the in-state talent at home. The Vols are also high on another instate recruit, in 3-Star DT Tre’vonn Rybka, who ranks 14th in the state.
It is apparent that Pruitt and staff, have made it a point of focus to recruit and keep the top in-state talent at home.
In the National scene, the Vols aren’t quite as strong as other major players at the table, but they are still in the race for a few of their high targets. Tennessee may not be the favorite for these recruits, but they do have a pulse for their services. At the end of the day, winning is what brings in the big names and top talent. The Vols have to get back to winning and they’ll reap some of the rewards that are currently going elsewhere. Below is the current list of commits that Tennessee has for the 2020 class.
4-Star, QB, Harrison Bailey, GA, 6’4” / 217 lbs (Early Enrollee)
A Pro-Style QB who plays for Marietta High School in Georgia. Has been committed to the Vols since 11/29/18. He’s ranked 142nd nationally, 4th at position and 15th in state. Has the prototypical size and is a polished passer. Can drive the ball downfield with good touch and ball location. Doesn’t offer much as a running threat and has verified forty time of 4.83.
4-Star, C, Cooper Mays, TN, 6’3” / 280 lbs
One of two top ten instate recruits that the Vols have gained commitments from. He’s ranked 307th nationally, 6th at position and 10th in state. He plays locally for Knoxville Catholic High School. The younger brother of Cade Mays, who went to Georgia, but the Tennessee coaching staff wasn’t going to let another in state star leave. He’s been committed to Vols since 6/21/19. A physical mauler who is very intelligent, with a high football IQ. Has good speed with verified 5.22 forty time. Mays will be an instant upgrade for the o-line.
4-Star, DT, Dominic Bailey, MD, 6’2” / 285 lbs
A powerful and athletic interior defensive linemen, that plays for Saint Francis High School in Maryland. Has been committed to the Vols since 2/16/19. He ranks 217th nationally, 20th at position and 10th in the state. Plays with a physical and violent style of play, to go along with his quick hands. A power speed combo player, who has verified forty time of 5.31. That’s a good time for a player with that big of a frame.
4-Star, S, Keyshawn Lawrence, TN, 6’1” / 195 lbs
A physical safety, who is an instate recruit, that played at Ensworth High School. Has been committed to the Vols since 6/24/2019. Keyshawn is ranked 70th nationally, 5th at position and 2nd in the state. He played mostly as a cornerback in high school, but shows a lot of position flexibility and will most likely transition to safety in college. Has strong hands and isn’t afraid to come up and play the run. Shows good speed, verified forty time of 4.59, to compliment his physical style of play.
4-Star, CB, Art Green, MO, 6’2” / 200 lbs (JUCO)
The JUCO transfer was ranked the number one junior college prospect and has been committed to the Vols since 5/13/19. He ranks 1st nationally, at position and in state. He plays for Parkway Central High School and then moved on to Hutchinson Community College where he was standout corner. Gives the Vols yet another weapon in an already talented secondary.
3-Star, RB, Tee Hodge, TN, 6’2” / 230 lbs
Hodge is one of the four top 25 in-state commits that the Vols have so far and he committed on 6/28/19. He ranks 664th nationally, 45th at position and 24th in state. A local star, who played for the Maryville Rebels. Has really good size and speed, with confirmed 4.38 forty time. A speed / size combo RB will be a big addition for the Vols. Tennessee has always found success in power backs with speed. He’s the nephew of NFL wide receiver Randall Cobb, who played locally for Alcoa High School.
3-Star, WR, Jaylin Hyatt, SC, 6’0” / 162 lbs
One of two recent additions to this recruitment class, in the past week and a half. He committed to Vols on 7/27/19. A speedster with a confirmed 4.31 forty time. He has a thin lean frame, but can add some mass and not affect speed. He’s ranked 446th nationally, 75th at position and 7th in state, where he plays for Dutch Fork High School, in South Carolina. He will be stretch the field and take the top off of defenses. He’s projected to play the outside X position. Will need to polish up his game a bit and become more consistent, but a great addition.
3-Star, WR, Jimmy Calloway, GA. 5’11” / 166 lbs
An elusive two way athlete that plays both wide receiver, cornerback and as a returner, for Morrow High School in Georgia. Ranks 689th nationally, 89th at position and 63rd in state. He committed to the Vols on 4/13/19. An impact player in the return game, who returns a 4.70 forty. Another small size player, who we will have to see what role he will have. With forty time he may switch over to the defensive side full time.
3-Star, OL, Javontez Spraggins, IL, 6’3” / 336 lbs
A big mauling Offensive Guard, that is definitely needed for this team. This addresses one of our overall weaker positions. He committed to the Vols on 6/7/19 and plays for East St Louis High School, in Illinois. He ranks 932nd nationally, 17th at position and 17th in state. Looks to have good power and hand technique. Will need improved footwork and leverage, to be SEC caliber starting linemen. Better run blocker than pass blocker.
3-Star, OL, James Robinson, AL, 6’4” / 323 lbs
Another big mauling Offensive Guard, who just committed to the Vols a few days ago, 8/1/19. He plays for Carver High School in Alabama, where he ranks 69th at position and 42nd in state. Like Spraggins above, he will give Tennessee some much needed depth for the o-line. He’s also a big power guy who excels at locking on and driving defenders.
3-Star, CB, Lovie Jenkins, FL, 6’0” / 182 lbs (Early Enrollee)
Yet another defensive back in this class and for this team. You can never have too many and this will help the quality of depth at position. He plays for Ocoee High School in Florida, where he ranks 684th nationally, 57th at position and 95th in state. A little on the smaller side than what you would like for corners, but has very good speed, with a verified 4.43 forty time. Will need to strengthen up and be physical at the college if he wants to succeed.
3-Star, ATH, Darion Williamson, TN, 6’2” / 190 lbs
A two way athlete with good size. Another in state recruit, who plays for Haywood High School. He committed to Tennessee on 7/17/19 and ranks 789th nationally, 50th at position and 27th in state. As a receiver he shows good hands and isn’t afraid to go over the middle for tough catches. On defense as a corner, he shows a willingness to come up and tackle in support of run defense. It remains to be seen where the coaching staff elects to use him, but will be nice depth upgrade at either position.
2-Star, LS, Will Albright, TN, 6’2” / 200 lbs
A solid looking long snapping recruit. He plays for Greenville High School in East Tennessee. He ranks 4th at position and 117th in state. Plays at a position that doesn’t get much attention but has important role. A depth piece that could develop into a starter. Will need to add some mass and has to wait for his time.